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A.M. Inspiration {chinoiserie and metallics}

4.24-AM-INSPIRATION

We all have our favorite creative times during the day, and for me, it’s early in the morning while most of the world – well, mostly my children – remain quiet. With our “A.M. Inspiration” series, I post images of what currently has me inspired, the exciting new ideas I am dreaming up on my quiet mornings and share my thoughts on how to translate each piece of inspiration into stationery design and wedding invitations.

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It was in college, while studying art and design, that I fell in love with chinoiserie. The Chinese-inspired prints have an ethereal feel that heightened my appreciation for this pattern.

This contemporary image, with the brushed metallic silver background that combines so beautifully with the watercolor-like-feel of the intricate and fanciful botanical imagery, is quite an inspiration. The winding tree branches painted in an unexpected robin’s egg blue color adds to the overall whimsical quality of the print.

To translate these exquisite details into a stationery suite, I would simply suggest shimmering foil stamping paired with a soft letterpress color palette on a metallic neutral card stock. Some of our most popular designs were inspired by items and elements that aren’t traditionally associated with weddings. A chinoiserie-inspired wedding invitation is officially on my design to-do list!

Spring Wishes from Dauphine Press

With sunnier days and warmer weather upon us, we are happily celebrating the Spring season here at Dauphine Press. This letterpress printed invitation exhibits the sweetest spring motifs, patterns and colors! We worked with our exclusive retailer For Heaven’s Sake in Beaumont, TX to design this adorable party invitation. The owner, Gina, wanted to create this gem for her very own annual gathering of family and friends {you can view the invite we printed for this event last year on our Instagram account!}.

Gina knew exactly what she wanted for the layout, fonts and color palette and asked our design team to suggest our favorite patterns for the decorative eggs. We offered a grouping from our collection of custom patterns that represented a balance of graphic and floral-inspired motifs. Above all, we chose patterns that beautifully displayed the letterpress printing. The beauty of a letterpress printed pattern on one of our cotton papers is that it can really show off the art and impression of letterpress printing.

We hope you are enjoying the Spring season with your family and friends!

EASTER-Wishes

DESIGN DETAILS | Paper: 118# Reich Savoy, brilliant white | Ink: petal, lemon + pool

Designer’s Inspiration {week ninety-eight}

3.20-DI-WEEK-98

We are still celebrating the color green this week after the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. With green trending it brought the beautiful Versailles garden to mind. We are inspired to create wedding stationery with the same royal elegance this classic color and intricate pattern evoke!

Hope you have an inspiring weekend!

A.M. Inspiration {pattern and color}

3.18-AM-INSPIRATION

We all have our favorite creative times during the day, and for me, it’s early in the morning while most of the world – well, mostly my children – remain quiet. With our new “A.M. Inspiration” series, I will be posting images of what currently has me inspired, the exciting new ideas I am dreaming up on those quiet mornings and I’ll share my thoughts on how to translate that inspiration into stationery design and wedding invitations.

We are kicking off the series with a very special wedding invitation suite. This is a sneak preview of one of our new Dauphine Press design samples! We will reveal the full suite in a future post, but I first wanted to share two of my favorite details of this romantic and elegant design – pattern and color.

One of my main sources of inspiration is pattern and home fashion/decor (probably a result from my formative creative years at Martha Stewart Living). Using pattern in my designs has always been a trademark of mine. I also love creating borders and motifs out of vintage drawings/etchings. I typically pull them apart and put them back together to create a new design. At the same time, I try to build the perfect balance of color when layering patterns and borders like you see here with the lavender damask pattern and vintage caramel frame on this new invitation sample.

Speaking of color, this lavender and caramel letterpress combination is another perfect example of “traditional with a twist” that we talked about in a recent blog post. The “twist” in the creation of this color palette is the use of caramel for the most important verbiage on each piece. Overall it results in a soft, romantic feel with a warm neutral used in place of traditional black. The fresh look with the caramel against the lavender gives your guests a little peek into your attention to detail and will have them anticipating all of the other twists you have in store for them the day of the wedding!

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